"Our purpose, First and foremost, is to bring honor and glory to the Kingdom of God."
When John Ed Mathison retired in June 2008 after 36 years of serving as the senior minister of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church, several friends prayed with him about his next stage of ministry. Out of these prayerful conversations came the formation of a non-profit ministry designated as the John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries.
The Board of Directors was suggested and incorporation papers were developed.
THE FOLLOWING MISSION STATEMENT WAS ADOPTED:
The purpose, first and foremost, is to bring honor and glory to the Kingdom of God. John Ed will accomplish this by speaking at churches, conferences, and leadership training programs on a local, national and global scale. He will also be participating in leadership activities within the United Methodist Church. One of the major objectives of this ministry will be to provide training opportunities for young pastors. He will share with them the best practices that he has developed over the last forty-five years. We believe that John Ed, with the leading of the Holy Spirit, can affect the Kingdom of God in such a way in the next few years as to exceed all his previous outstanding accomplishments.
THIS MISSION STATEMENT WILL BE CARRIED OUT BY:
- Sharing best practices learned in 45 years of ministry
- Preaching in local churches
- Preaching in District and Annual Conference events
- Preaching in laity rallies and summits
- Preaching in Fellowship of Christian Athletes events
- Teaching in leadership principles to Pastors
- Teaching Pastors how to deploy laity as ministers
- Teaching stewardship seminars for Pastors and laity
- Coaching Pastors
- Connecting people with leadership resources
- Serving on steering committee of the Global Pastors Network
- Serving on steering committee of the National Leadership Center for Excellence — working with veterans.
- Serving on the Board of Directors at Valiant Cross Academy.
- Speaking at several coaches conferences each year for college and high school coaches.
About John Ed
Dr. John Ed Mathison retired in June 2008 after serving 36 years as senior minister of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. At his retirement, Frazer had eight Sunday morning worship services at the Atlanta Highway campus — 3 traditional, 3 contemporary, 1 Hispanic and 1 Chinese. Frazer televised its worship services nationwide each week with INSP network, reaching about 40 million homes. They were also cybercast live and carried on local radio and television. Under his leadership, Frazer grew from 400 members to 9,000 and had the largest Sunday School attendance for United Methodist churches in America. In 2006, The Church Reporter magazine recognized Frazer as the 25th most influential church in America.
In July 2008, John Ed and his board of directors established the John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries, which involves preaching, teaching, conferences and seminars, focusing on training pastors and lay persons to be leaders impacting the world for Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God. John Ed also records a daily one-minute audio devotion for several radio stations, weekly blog for newspapers and e-mail subscribers, and weekly one-minute Got a Minute videos that are available on YouTube and Social Media. He has written 11 books.
The son of a United Methodist minister, John Ed graduated from Opelika High School and Young Harris Junior College. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Huntingdon College, a bachelor of divinity degree from Candler School of Theology, a Master’s degree from Princeton Seminary, and the Doctor of Ministry Degree from Candler School of Theology. He also has honorary doctorate degrees from Asbury Seminary, Huntingdon College and Birmingham Southern College.
John Ed was an All-State basketball player for 3 years in high school and a leading scorer at Young Harris Junior College and Huntingdon College. He was consistently ranked #1 in his age division in tennis in Alabama and #3 in the South. In 2014 he was inducted into the Alabama Tennis Hall of Fame. He has won 7 state racquetball championships.
John Ed is part of the God-Sized Vision to start 5 million churches and win 1 billion people to Christ by 2020. He has traveled to India 4 times to teach pastors as part of Billion Soul Initiative. John Ed has served as platform speaker for the National Conference of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and platform speaker for the National Hi-Y Tri-Hi-Y Conference at Black Mountain, NC. He has been a seminar speaker several times at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove.
In 1994, John Ed was selected as the National Clergyman of the Year by The Religious Heritage of America, joining the ranks of such nationally known figures as Billy Graham to receive the honor. He was selected as “Man of the Year” in Montgomery for 1978 and Citizen of the Year in 2006.
John Ed served as associate minister at Capitol Heights Methodist Church in Montgomery 1964-1966; minister at South Brookley Methodist Church in Mobile 1966-1970, and minister at Trinity United Methodist Church in Phenix City 1970-1972 until he was appointed to Frazer. He was elected to serve at 6 General and Jurisdictional Conferences of The UMC and as the Chairman of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy.
He and his wife, Lynn, have three daughters, Vicki (Dr. Scott Parma), Lauren (Eddie Hixon), and Clay (Ashley Aaron), and one son, Si. They are also the proud grandparents of ten grandchildren, Eddie and Catherine (Parma), Robert, David, John (Hixon), Will and Thomas (Aaron), Mat, Healey, and John Thomas (Mathison).
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